Either-Or: A Rustic-Chic Melrose Gem vs. a Luxurious Westfield Manor 

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a charming suburban Colonial with an amenity-filled estate in western Massachusetts.

Boston Real Estate Media (Melrose); Jeffrey Byrnes, Christina Marquis (Westfield)

218 Grove Street, MelroseSale Price: $820,00022 Day Lily Lane, Westfield
2,520 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
3,919 square feet

Untethered from city offices, Bostonians have lately been opting to work from new homes in the ’burbs and far beyond—and these two recently sold residences, purchased a little more than two weeks apart, show just how high demand is for space in the outskirts. The Melrose single-family sold for $100,000 over its asking price, helping earn the town its title as one of the hottest ZIP codes in the country. Featuring sliding barn doors and a salvaged-beam mantel in the living area, the Colonial embraces a rustic-modern look, with a kitchen that serves up slate-hued cabinetry, open shelving, and bright-white subway tile.

Out west, this 2018-built custom home shares a cul-de-sac with other new-construction properties. The now-owners are surely enjoying all of its trappings, from the sauna to the heated saltwater pool. Given that the 3.5-acre estate sold for the same price as its smaller Melrose counterpart, though, it appears commuter-friendly locales are still more desirable than the hinterlands—even during COVID times.